Fairy Tale Scrapbook

Read Rapunzel

Yesterday I watched Tangled (which I’d wanted to for a while now), so today I read Rapunzel.

First of all, the story should come with a warning. Warning: this story contains eye gouging. Ouch!

"The man in his terror agreed to everything she asked, and as soon as the child was born the Witch appeared, and having given it the name of Rapunzel which is the same as rampion, she carried it off with her.”


"Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let down your golden hair," And as soon as she had let it down the Prince climbed up. At first Rapunzel was terribly frightened when a man came in…" Well then why did she let him up?! I should hope the Prince and the Witch don’t sound alike. Then again…evil witch…hmmm.


  • In some versions of the tale, Rapunzel becomes pregnant due to the nightly visits of the prince. When the witch separates Rapunzel and the Prince, he finds her again (in the forest, blinded, no less) with his babies. Ooh la la.
  • Rapunzel is named after the Rampion plant, pictured above, which is a spinach/lettuce like plant. (I just realized how weird the word spinach is.)
  • I  noticed that a common theme in fairy tales is theft. A few days ago I noted that the girls in “The Old Witch” has stolen her money. The “good” sister escaped punishment for this crime. While the witches in these stories take the wrong form of retribution, it is important to remember that the witches crimes were instigated by theft. 
  • I wonder how they got Rapunzel in the tower…

    Tangled was great. It kept many of the elements of the original tale (though thankfully leaving out the eye-horror) and the changes in many ways still reflect the themes of the story. Glad I saw it!